Study Books

I regularly get asked to recommend books on the subject of logistics and supply chain management. Being someone who is continually studying myself, I have many great books sitting on my bookshelf that I often refer to. Here are some that I think everyone studying Logistics and/or Supply Chain should have. You can click the title to be taken to the Amazon UK page to buy – remember used copies or earlier releases can be a lot cheaper.

Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning, and Operation, Global Edition: Strategy, Planning, and Operation.

For MBA or senior level undergraduate supply chain management courses. Many courses refer to this and its seen as an essential for your book shelf.

The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management: Understanding the Supply Chain

This definitive text explains the nuts and bolts of logistics and distribution in accessible language. Covering all the major elements of modern logistics, The Handbook of Logistics and Distribution Management is an indispensable guide for both students of logistics as well as newly-appointed distribution, logistics and supply chain managers.

Procurement and Supply Chain Management

This market-leading text continues its claim to be the most comprehensive textbook on procurement and supply chain management currently available. It is also of value to professionals and those specialists in other fields who need an understanding of the role and influence of this vital area of business performance.

Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management

Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management is an integrated, comprehensive introduction to both operations and supply chain management (SCM). The text remains engaging and brief while integrating all of the major concepts of both subjects in one cohesive source. The 5th Edition contains updated content and thorough coverage of analytical tools and techniques that students will apply to their careers in operations and SCM. It explores these topics in an interesting and relatable manner, providing students with real-world examples and easy-to-understand material.

Operations Management

Strategic in its perspective, the book offers a comprehensive and practical way to explore key concepts and see them in action through a plethora of international examples.

Essentials of Supply Chain Management

Essentials of Supply Chain Management is the definitive guide to the field, providing both broad coverage and necessary detail from a practical, real-world perspective. From clear explanation of fundamental concepts to insightful discussion of supply chain innovation, this book offers students and professionals a comprehensive introduction with immediately-applicable understanding.

Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors

An essential purchase for anyone studying corporate, supply chain or market strategy. Many theories within this book are now considered standard knowledge. “Competitive Strategy” addresses major questions of vital concern to managers, and presents a comprehensive set of analytical techniques for undestanding a business and the behaviour of its competitors. Step-by-step, Porter provides the techniques and tools managers need to successfully conduct an industry and competitor analysis.

Competitive Advantage

“Competitive Advantage” introduces a tool that may be used to diagnose and enhance competitive advantage: the value chain. Value-chain analysis allows the manager to separate the underlying activities a firm performs in designing, producing, marketing, and distributing its product or service. It is these activities from which competitive advantage ultimately stems. By showing how all the firm’s activities can be examined in this integrated way, Porter provides a practical perspective on competitive strategy.